Ambulance Case: Ato Forson Files for Mistrial - Onlinetimesgh

Ambulance Case: Ato Forson Files for Mistrial

Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has submitted a supplementary affidavit seeking an order of mistrial, injunction, and/or stay of proceedings in the ongoing ambulance case involving him and two others.

Dr. Forson’s lawyers cited a leaked recording of a conversation between the Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, and the third accused, Richard Jakpa. The recording allegedly reveals the Attorney-General attempting to coach Jakpa to implicate Dr. Ato Forson in the trial.

In the affidavit, Dr. Forson’s legal team argues that the Attorney-General’s conduct amounts to misconduct and calls for the prosecution to be declared a mistrial.

“It has become necessary to file this affidavit in order to bring to the attention of the Court and in the interest of justice, certain pertinent, material, and relevant matters that have a bearing on the fair and just determination of the current application.

“I have since filing the instant application had the opportunity of listening to a recording widely circulating in the media depicting the voices of the Attorney-General and A3 fervently discussing the evidence the Attorney-General will prefer the said A3 to adduce at the trial. At the hearing of the instant application, my counsel will seek leave of the court to have the said audio recording played in open court.”

Dr. Forson further argues that failing to order a mistrial in such circumstances, where there appears to be a blatant disregard for the rule of law and ethical standards of prosecution by the Attorney-General, could severely undermine public confidence in the judicial process.

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